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Additional £7m Investment Awarded to RCT Communities

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Cabinet this week agreed to invest an additional £7M over the next year to take the County Borough forward.

Building upon the strong foundations laid through the £200M RCTinvest Programme, further investment will be prioritised for highways and infrastructure, outdoor leisure facilities, play areas, schools and parks.

As part of RCTinvest, the Council has already committed to investing £200m between 2016 and 2019. This substantial investment is already delivery significant improvements to the county borough through investment in priority areas and the future proofing key infrastructure.

2675479_a10893ff-640x440County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council said:

“Major investments are taking place across the County Borough as a result of the £200M RCTinvest programme.

“The strong financial foundations which we have maintained, despite the dramatic cuts to public sector funding we have faced, means we have been able to prioritise investment in important projects and facilities across the County Borough.

“This additional £7M will build upon the progress already being made across the County Borough, which has delivered major improvements to Leisure Centres, school buildings, new and improved sport and play facilities and the future proofing of key infrastructure to name a few.

“We are committed to investing in areas which will make a visible difference and create tangible improvements locally for residents and this new £7M will increase the pace of these enhancements in communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf over the next twelve months.

“Over the last year this funding has supported projects such as the Cross Valley Link and the Taff Vale redevelopment to take shape and come to fruition; both schemes have made huge progress in the last year thanks to this investment.

“Subject to the support of Council in March, the detail of the communities to benefit further as part of the RCTinvest programme will be identified to continue to take our County Borough forward.”

The draft Capital Programme which was considered by the Council’s Cabinet this week (Thursday 16th February) will be presented to Full Council on 1st March 2017.

To date RCTinvest has supported:

  • Free public access wi-fi installation in the Council’s libraries
  • Improvements to a number of leisure centres contributing to a significant increase in the number of Leisure for Life members
  • Over 30 new or improved play areas
  • Delivery of three new 3G pitches in Mountain Ash, Pentre and Tonypandy
  • Resurfacing of a number of footways and carriageways – including the £1.2M investment on Rhigos Mountain Road
  • Future Proofing of a number of key highway infrastructures such as Fiddlers Elbow bridge
  • Improvements made to over 60 schools
  • Development of key strategic projects such as Taff Vale redevelopment and the Cross Valley Link